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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Names Cruz Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare announced today that Santo M. Cruz, J.D. has accepted the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel for CentraCare. Cruz will lead the health system’s Legal and Compliance functions and will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Holmen, M.D.

“We are thrilled to have Santo join our senior executive team,” said Holmen. “He brings great expertise in healthcare law, unmatched experience in policy and government relations, and a passion for the people of Central Minnesota.”

Since 2018, Cruz has served as CentraCare’s Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Community and Government Relations. Prior to joining CentraCare, Cruz was Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and Attorney for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Cruz began his legal career as a prosecutor for Hennepin County.

Cruz earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, where he is currently an adjunct professor. He serves on a number of non-profit and government boards and committees, including the Minnesota Hospital Association Legal Board.